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January 19, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm| Free
A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include: Michigan’s Great Time Confusion; How Did Michigan Become the Tourist Empire of the Inland Seas; Saving John Ball Park’s Historic Legacy; An Early History of Women in the Michigan State Capitol; Inside a 1950s Black Barbershop; and Powers & Ball: The Family, Furniture and Factories.